From The Washington Examiner:
Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet is a physician and human rights advocate living in Havana. He is president of the Lawton Foundation for Human Rights. While in prison in 2007, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His piece has been translated from Spanish by the editors.
Only Cubans Can Make Cuba Free
by Oscar Elias Biscet
In recent months, the United States has taken steps to recognize the regime of Raul Castro as the legitimate government of Cuba. These steps evince a lack of knowledge of the totalitarian nature of the regime.
Many Americans do not know the extent of the human rights violations committed by the Castro dictatorship. The Castros’ victims do not number in the millions like those of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin. But their despotic essence is the same.
I can attest that those who work for human rights and democracy in Cuba still receive cruel and inhumane treatment, including torture. Despite the fact that the U.S. removed Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism, the regime continues to terrorize its people, and to harbor terrorists from other countries, including the U.S.
I know that government agents spy on me and my family, as well as many other human rights supporters on the island. Here we live with few freedoms. There is no free press, no privacy, no freedom of association. We live within a system that stifles human dignity….
…. As a promoter of freedom for Cuba, I believe America’s policy of rapprochement with Castro’s communist dictatorship will only give the regime credibility and prolong its existence. The result, I believe, will be increased suffering for my compatriots.
Read the entire essay HERE, which includes a moving account of Biscet’s own struggle against tyranny.